*A study released last Tuesday by the state attorney general revealed that African American drivers in Missouri are 70 percent more likely to be stopped by police than white drivers.

Ten years ago, Blacks were only 30 percent more likely to be stopped than whites.

In issuing the report, which is required by law, Attorney General Chris Koster denied that the study suggested that officers were engaging in racial profiling. However, he admitted that the report suggested a “disturbing trend.”

The report shows that even though Black drivers are more likely to be stopped by police, officers were more likely to find illegal substances when they stopped white drivers. (source: Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)